Thank you to our readers!

photo-versatile-blogger1liebster2Yes, this post is indeed a thank you to our readers who encourage us, inspire us to keep writing, and touch our hearts with their own stories.  I’ll also throw in a thank you to the best writing partner and friend a gal could have – Bernadette Stankard.  She’s kept Depression’s Collateral Damage up and running beautifully while I’ve been dealing with the many school and graduation events of our youngest over the last month.

It’s also a thank you to Carrie Lange of “Little Blog of Letting Go” (http://littleblogoflettinggo.com/2013/05/20/more-awards-oh-my/) for two blog award nominations. The first, for the “Liebster” award, came about six weeks ago.  The second, for the “Versatile Blogger” award, just arrived yesterday.  Life has gotten in the way recently so Bern and I never got around to dealing with the first one…but having been down with a sinus and upper respiratory infection / asthma / allergies for nearly a week, and therefore being bored out of the bounds of reason, I’m dragging myself into an upright position to do something productive and accept these two kind nominations.  (And as a nod to the theme of our blog, I must state that being under the influence of illness for so long can definitely result in depression-like symptoms.  Bleh.) Anyway, Carrie is awesome – a loyal reader and an post-er of truly excellent and thought-provoking words and images.

So, now to fulfill our nomination requirements (and I apologize for the length of this post, due to the combination of two awards at once.  Way too much navel-gazing here, so feel free to move on with your life as needed):

Liebster (requirements consist of naming your nominator and providing a link to that person’s blog, posting 11 facts about yourself, answering your nominator’s 11 questions, nominating 11 more bloggers, and creating 11 questions for those bloggers to answer) :

11 facts about myself:

1.      My husband and I have three really amazing kids that we love to be with and who, I think, actually like us.

2.      I’ve been married to the same, very interesting, man for 28 years.

3.      I love to play games – board games, video mystery games, word games, cards.

4.      I’ve published one book on my own and two with my amazing friend and co-author, Bernadette.

5.      I formerly taught 4th and 5th grades and kindergarten, and have also worked as a special education paraprofessional.

6.      For the last 8 ½ years I’ve been working as the Director of Children’s Ministry for a large ELCA congregation.  One of the perks of using my education degree in this way is that, unlike when I was in the classroom, I am allowed to go to the bathroom any time I want to.

7.      I am an incurable Anglophile.

8.      I read a ton – cozy mysteries and history, mainly. Oh, and juvenile fiction.

9.      I actually enjoy looking at other people’s family and vacation photos.  Weird.

10.   The only nation outside the U.S. I’ve visited is Ireland, and it was awesome.

11.   I would love to publish in the fiction genre one day.

Answers to Carrie’s questions:

1) What are you most afraid of?   Not getting over this incredibly long and violent sinus and upper respiratory infection!

2) Do you have a favorite quote or personal motto? If so, what is it?  Gosh, too many to list!

3) What is the most difficult life event you have experienced?  When three things happened within a few weeks of each other, any one of which should have knocked me over: 1) a miscarriage, 2) my husband’s total emotional collapse, and 3) I found out that a close family member was a pedophile.  That was one killer year.

4) What is the most joyful life event you have experienced?  For deeply, life-changingly joyful, the births of our children.  For sheer over the moon excitement, when my first short story was published and I was paid quite handsomely for it.

5) Who are your heroes? Fred Rogers and Madeleine L’Engle

6) What is your favorite “thing” in all the world?  British television and films

7) Do you believe in life on other planets?  Yeah, probably.  But I don’t bother thinking about it much.

8) If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?  I would make the production or creation of any sort of firearm  magically impossible.

9) If you answered the phone and a voice on the other end said, “I have a loaded gun to my head. Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t pull the trigger?” How would you respond?  Ouch.  Not sure there is a good answer for that one.  How about “Because I love you and if you weren’t in this world my life would be a dark and empty place.”

10) What do you think the most important words in the English language are?  “You are lovable and cherished.”

11) How do you plan to make the world a better place?   Two answers to that one.1: I think my husband and I have done that by raising three intelligent, concerned, and caring kids who have their own plans to make the world a better place. And 2: I use my love of writing and my passion for issues of mental illness to try and help others who are struggling.

Create 11 questions for your nominees.

1.  Who is your favorite author?

2.   If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

3.  What kind(s) of music do you like to listen to?

4.  Name something you would love to be able to do that you haven’t done yet.

5.  What is your proudest accomplishment?

6.  What is your name?

7.  What is your quest?

8. What is your favorite color?

9. What is the capital of Assyria?

10. What’s your favorite comfort food?

11. What’s your favorite activity for a rainy day?

Nominate 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.

  1. http://Notaloneinthere.wordpress.com   
  2. http://justgoodenoughmum.wordpress.com
  3. http://dropbearexterminator.wordpress.com
  4. http://thehippygeek.wordpress.com
  5. http://thegoodmoodfoodie.com
  6. http://shellybeachonline.wordpress.com
  7. http://helptohopeblog.net/
  8. http://sharelistenhelphug.wordpress.com/
  9. http://thepreppypanda.wordpress.com/
  10. http://askanaspergirl.wordpress.com/
  11. http://debhumberstone.wordpress.com/

And now for the Versatile Blogger Award (requirements consist  of naming your nominator and providing a link to that person’s blog, sharing 7 personal things about yourself, nominating 15 other bloggers, and leaving them each a note about their nomination.)

Note: in the interest of time, imaginary internet space consumption, and my flagging energy due to illness, you’ll note some repetitive-ness in the answers below. Please forgive me if this practice flies in the face of the rules of these two cool awards.  I plead delirium, as my head seems to be completely stuffed with really disgusting bodily fluid.

Share 7 personal things about yourself:

1.      I love to play games – board games, video mystery games, word games, cards.

2.      I’ve published one book on my own and two with my amazing friend and co-author, Bernadette.

3.      I formerly taught 4th and 5th grades and kindergarten, and have also worked as a special education paraprofessional.

4.      For the last 8 ½ years I’ve been working as the Director of Children’s Ministry for a large ELCA congregation.  One of the perks of using my education degree in this way is that, unlike when I was in the classroom, I am allowed to go to the bathroom any time I want to.

5.      I am an incurable Anglophile.

6.      I read a ton – cozy mysteries and history, mainly. Oh, and juvenile fiction.

7.      I actually enjoy looking at other people’s family and vacation photos.  Weird.

Nominate 15 wonderful blogs, and let the blog owner know:

  1. http://Notaloneinthere.wordpress.com   
  2. http://justgoodenoughmum.wordpress.com
  3. http://dropbearexterminator.wordpress.com
  4. http://thehippygeek.wordpress.com
  5. http://thegoodmoodfoodie.com
  6. http://shellybeachonline.wordpress.com
  7. http://helptohopeblog.net/
  8. http://sharelistenhelphug.wordpress.com/
  9. http://thepreppypanda.wordpress.com/
  10. http://askanaspergirl.wordpress.com/
  11. http://debhumberstone.wordpress.com/
  12. http://4mizanthropy.wordpress.com
  13. http://balfourthrb.wordpress.com
  14. http://myperfectlyimblncdlife.wordpress.com
  15. http://ptsdperspectives.org

Again, thanks to everyone who has ever checked out “Depression’s Collateral Damage.”  We appreciate each and every one of you.

-Amy

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4 Responses

  1. loved reading this! what’s an anglophile? have to look that one up, guess I’ll learn something today, haha! 😉

  2. Thank you so much for the nominations. I’m humbled. Wow. And I’m also an anglophile. I’ve been to England five times, taught Brit lit for years, read British novels, and love Walker’s shortbread cookies. And I also truly appreciate this blog.

    • Wow, shellybeachonline, we have a lot in common, then! Most of the books on my shelf are by British authors, except for the very large shelf of Alexander Mccall Smith, who, of course, is a Scotsman and therefore pretty darned close. 🙂

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